SLNSW Using Maps for Historical Research

Emu Plains Subdivision Plans [Image courtesy of SLNSW]

The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) will be hosting a day seminar for those interested in using maps for historical research. Maps can hold a wealth of information to enrich your history research or project. If you’re a map novice, come along to hear about what they can show you, how to find them at the Library and be inspired by some of their favourites.

The program includes the following sessions:

  • Why use maps? Maps are a rich source of information and can be invaluable to your research. This session covers the main benefits of using maps and introduces the Library’s maps collection.
  • Subdivision plans of Sydney: Produced by real estate agents – mainly from the 1860s to the 1930s – to promote newly created estates and subdivisions, these posters illustrate the urban development of Sydney and NSW. This session includes a case study of a Sydney suburb.
  • Find your suburb and street (hands on): Search the Library’s collection and uncover valuable historical details about your suburb and streeet.
  • Country, town and parish maps: Learn how to use country, town and parish maps to track down the history of a parcel of land in NSW.
  • Early maps of Sydney: Find out how to search for historical maps of Sydney, and see the city’s gradual development through some fascinating maps.
  • Early maps of NSW: See how NSW was explored and mapped from 1788.
  • Mapping Australia’s place in the world: This is an overview of how Australian has been mapped from the 16th to the 21st century, using maps from the Library’s collection.

When: Wednesday 25th July, 10am – 3:30pm
Where: Meet in the Macquarie Street Building foyer, Sydney NSW 2000
Cost: $50 + booking fee
(Bookings essential)



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